In Part Two of this highly readable teacher/student dialogue text, James Braha continues teaching his private pupil Hindu/Vedic astrology. The author addresses every question an enquiring student could ask, while giving knowledge-hungry readers the sense they are in the room at every moment.
Part Two includes:
How to handle inordinately confusing horoscopes.
Two full classes on subtleties and often ignored significations of all 12 houses.
How to choose a wedding date.
How to interpret a stellium of planets.
The problems with neechabhanga and vargottama.
Varga (divisional) charts.
A full chapter on gemstones, mantras, and yagyas—the methods to ameliorate problems indicated in the chart.
An analysis of the John Lennon birthtime dilemma; whether to use the morning time Lennon reported or the night birth declared by a relative.
Writing fifteen years after his groundbreaking book Ancient Hindu Astrology for the Modern Western Astrologer, the author contrasts what he has gleaned during decades of practice compared to textbook teachings and accepted wisdom. An experience-first astrologer who accepts no astrological technique blindly, the author has tested everything for himself. Techniques that work powerfully are distinguished from those that are mediocre, inconsistent, or unreliable.
Invaluable for all students are the numerous lists demonstrating how to prioritize the myriad positive and negative aspects of analysis that challenge every Hindu astrologer. Students who have studied this book report that they have been able to make the leap from hobbyist to professional.
Although designed for intermediate and advanced students, beginners who study the Introductory Appendix can easily follow along, saving years of frustration and confusion. Over 25 horoscope and varga chart examples are included.
Originally published in 2001, this text has been updated, revised, and expanded to two E book volumes: Part One and Part Two.